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Paul Pless
01-04-2015, 07:38 AM
was a wooden boater






01-04-2015, 07:43 AM
As if he much of a choice. :d

Paul Pless
01-04-2015, 07:44 AM
:D ...

Paul Pless
01-04-2015, 07:56 AM
June 12th, 1933

"Einstein’s speed motor boat confiscated. The speed motor boat of professor Einstein which was moored at a shipyard in Caputh near Potsdam was confiscated and seized for the Reich. Einstein is said to have planned to smuggle the sailing boat into a foreign country. The sailing boat is worth RM (Reichsmark) 25,000."
Sailing boat with starter motor, additional equipment, immediately, massively built of mahogany, in good condition, 20 m² sails, moors Caputh, Potsdamer Straße 27. Offers to the local government of Caputh up to March, 8.

Rich Jones
01-04-2015, 08:39 AM
I remember seeing pictures of him sailing on a small boat somewhere on Long Island Sound in New York State.

Jim Mahan
01-04-2015, 08:46 AM
I read that he wasn't a very good sailor, and that he frequently had to land some place other than where he started from, and had to get a ride home.

Ian McColgin
01-04-2015, 09:01 AM
There's a nice little story in an old WoodenBoat of Einstein getting bewildered in the fog among the Thimbles. Anyone who's been there in the fog will understand.

Other than that, the reports of people who sailed with him and were good sailors themselves show him to be attentive and competent. Remember that he was a very able practical engineer.

Jim Mahan
01-04-2015, 09:16 AM
^That sounds about right. I had a suspicion that the bit I read was put together by someone who had not spent any time on a boat, a typical journalist.

01-04-2015, 12:50 PM
Anyone who thinks critically and sails enough will find moments of inattention or absent-mindedness. There are not many better "escapes" from the worry and distraction of daily life and - It is good to be lucky.

01-04-2015, 02:20 PM
About the only things I have in common with Albert Einstein are that we are human and we both enjoy(ed) being on boats, but I was telling a friend of mine while we were sailing a distance race awhile back that sometimes you just sort of forget where you are while sailing, and I have actually zoned out to the point of almost falling asleep.


That's a very interesting looking small cruising boat.

Mickey Lake

Michael D. Storey
01-04-2015, 05:09 PM
I read that he wasn't a very good sailor, and that he frequently had to land some place other than where he started from, and had to get a ride home.
He used to sail on a small lake in central New Jersey in the 50's. He had a penchant for sailing straight at other boats, and then veering off at the last moment.

Jim Mahan
01-04-2015, 07:50 PM
I think it's very cool that he was a woodenboater and a sailor. No doubt that had some influence on his contemplating things in additon to physics, relativity and a unified field. Einstein was also, in some ways, a spiritual person, as well as a scientist. Really, how could you not be, with his intelligence.

BTW, he never took an IQ test, but his IQ was estimated post mortem to be 160.

I hope I'm that smart when I'm dead.

01-05-2015, 02:11 AM
Eisenstein OTOH had a battleship………….

01-05-2015, 03:19 AM
But not in timber.